Full Title:Applied Metabolism and Obesity Management
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SPOR H8010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the metabolic pathways involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes. Students will also gain the skills required to manage obesity and diabetes through exercise and nutritional interventions. In doing so, students will be given the opportunity to complete an Active IQ Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes at Level 4 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), allowing them access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 4.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a specific and in-depth understanding of the prevalence and causes of obesity and diabetes in both adults and children.
  2. Critically examine the metabolic disturbances linked with obesity and diabetes.
  3. Conduct a range of assessment techniques to measure body composition, energy expenditure and energy intake.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate exercise and nutritional interventions aimed at treating and preventing obesity and diabetes.
  5. Evaluate the effect of various modes and intensities of exercise on the metabolic pathways associated with obesity and diabetes.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The "Diabesity" Epidemic
Prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Ireland and Internationally. Obesogenic society and the emergence of an "exercise-deficient" phenotype. The economic cost of obesity.
Etiology of Obesity and Diabetes
Perturbations in the metabolic pathways linked to obesity and diabetes - the metabolic syndrome. The contributing role of physical inactivity - disturbances in the energy balance equation. Substrate utilisation. Metabolic flexibility. Insulin resistance. The genetic basis of obesity.
Childhood Obesity
The growing prevalance of obesity and Type II Diabetes among children in Ireland and worldwide. Assessing, treating and preventing obesity in childhood. Childhood physical activity levels and the risk of adult obesity.
Assessing Obesity
Consolidation of assessment techniques appropriate to the management of obesity - Body Composition - BMI; Hip:Waist Ratio; skinfold measurements - equations to calculate body density, percent body fat and fat-free mass; bioelectrical impedence. Energy Expenditure - use of Indirect Calorimetry to measure resting metabolic rate, energy expenditure during a range of physical activities, postexercise energy expenditure; use of Accelerometers to measure daily energy expenditure; ACSM energy expenditure equations; Equations for estimating Total Energy Expenditure. Energy Intake - dietary analysis using computer software.
Managing Obesity and Diabetes through Dietary Interventions
Investigating the evidence in relation to a range of popular dietary approaches. Calculating dietary goals. Creating an energy deficit through dietary interventions - low calorie diets and very-low calorie diets. The effect of calorie restriction on metabolism.
Managing Obesity and Diabetes through Exercise Interventions
Physical activity levels and the effect on metabolism - acute exercise responses; chronic responses to exercise training. The effect of exercise mode and intensity on promoting weight and fat loss and maintaining fat free mass. The role of exercise in treating and preventing obesity and Type II Diabetes - signalling pathways; insulin sensitivity; gene expression. Exercise prescription for weight loss - plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programs for obese individuals and diabetics. Creating an energy deficit through exercise prescription.
Medications for Weight Management and Diabetes
Compare medications licensed for the treatment of obesity and diabetes in terms of their effectiveness and side-effects. The interactions between physical activity and medication.
Obesity and Diabetes: Looking to the Future
Future directions in treating obesity and diabetes. Investigating the effectiveness of global and local initiatives aimed at addressing the obesity and diabetes epidemic.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Special Regulation
This is an elective module and is subject to a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30 students. Students will be required to choose their elective module at the end of the second semester in stage 3.

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Multiple Choice Questions Students will complete a multiple choice exam on the prevalence and causes of obesity and diabetes. 1 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be required to design, deliver and evaluate an exercise session aimed at promoting weight loss. 4 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Portfolio This portfolio will comprise a workbook, case study and assignment addressing the assessment and management of obesity and diabetes. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Coursework will be reassessed via submission of a portfolio comprising a workbook, case study and assignment addressing the assessment and management of obesity and diabetes.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture There is an 80% attendance requirement for the theoretical component of this module. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical There is an 80% attendance requirement for the practical component of this module. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Independent Study No Description 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Anderson, R.E. 2003, Obesity: Etiology, Assessment, Treatment and Prevention, Human Kinetics Champaign, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9780736003285]
  • Bouchard, C. and Katzmarzyk, P.T. 2010, Physical Activity and Obesity, 2nd Ed., Human Kinetics Champiagn, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9780736076357]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hawley, J.A. and Zierath, J.R. 2008, Physical Activity and Type 2 Diabetes, Human Kinetics Champaign, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9780736064798]
  • American Council on Exercise 2008, ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant Manual, 2nd Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins [ISBN: 9781890720254]
  • Hargreaves, M. and Spriet, L. 2006, Exercise Metabolism, 2nd Ed., Human Kinetics Champaign, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9780736041034]
  • American College of Sports Medicine 2006, ACSM's Metabolic Calculations Handbook, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins [ISBN: 9780781742382]
  • Pennington, J.A. and Spungen, J.S. 2009, Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 19th Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Philadelphia, PA. [ISBN: 9781608313655]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • International Journal of Obesity
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSEAE_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport, Exercise with Enterprise 2 Group Elective 1
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 8 Elective